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come down from the cover on the bluff and had offered to
help her in the garden, but she had said no, she was just
fooling around, anyway, because she didn't want to stay in the
house, the weather being so nice, and he ought to keep out
of sight.

He had offered to help Willie Proudfit in the field, too.
And had had the same answer. He had insisted: " Nobodyll
know me, not with this beard and all. Hell, I don't know
myself in the mirror."

"Naw, naw," Willie Proudfit had said, "but hit don't do
no good to start folks guessen. If n they don't see you round
much they'll git used to the notion of you being here pain-
less. They'll hold hit in their heads, but they won't be a-
thinken a-bout hit. Some folks knows you're stayen here.
They'll just git used to hit. I said you was a feller I used to
know out in New Mexico, and yore health was porely and
you was stayen here till you got on yore feet. I said yore
name was Barclay. I knowed a man named Barclay once,
he-----"

"I can go somewhere else," Mr. Munn offered. "Ill get
you all in trouble."

Willie Proudfit shook his head. "Naw," he replied, "you
ain't a-leave-en. Not and a friend of Doctor MacDonald.
And that time they had that-air rally in Bardsville, I was a-
standen thar, way back in the crowd so I couldn't see you so
good, but I listened to what you said, and I says to myself,
that 'un's a man fer you. You ain't a-leave-en."

"It'll get you in trouble. They'll be getting after me,
sooner or later,"

"Won't no man be took in my house," the other man said,
and shook his head; "not and me able."

But they had not been after Mm. Not yet, and the weeks
had passed, since the morning when he had run down the
back stairs of the hotel and had looked wildly up and down
the alley, seeing no one, and had run into the stable. The
hall had still been empty, as before. That had been his piece
of luck. He had climbed to the loft and burrowed into the